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ULFA, Centre hold talks to find amicable solution to decades-old insurgency problem in Assam

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Guwahati, Aug 19: The pro-talks faction of the ULFA, which has been waiting for talks with the Central government regarding their demands, recently held talks with the Central government led by its chairman, Arabinda Rajkhowa.

On Friday, a peace talk was held between the pro-talks group and the Centre’s representatives in an effort to find an amicable solution to the decades-old insurgency problem in Assam.

A delegation of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), comprising Rajkhowa, ‘general secretary’ Anup Chetia, and leaders Raju Baruah and Sasha Choudhury, held the dialogue with senior officers of the Union home ministry and the Intelligence Bureau.

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Sources said the talks were held for two consecutive days on Thursday and Friday, where all the demands of ULFA were discussed. The negotiations were based on the 12-point charter of demands that the group had submitted to the centre’s interlocutor long ago.

The main issues that were discussed during the meeting were political safeguards for the indigenous people and control over the economic resources of Assam.

Among other issues, ULFA’s charter of demands includes the recognition of six communities in Assam—Moran, Muttock, Tai-Ahom, Koch-Rajbongshi, Sootea, and Tea Tribes as Scheduled Tribes (ST).

The Rajkhowa faction joined peace talks with the government on September 3, 2011 after an agreement for the suspension of operations was signed among the ULFA, central, and state governments.

The ULFA was formed in 1979 with the demand for a ‘sovereign Assam’.

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On the other hand, the Assam government led by chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has been trying as hard as possible to bring back ULFA-I commander-in chief Paresh Baruah into the mainstream.

Sources said peace talks would not be possible without Paresh Baruah.

The central government has been taking all possible measures to stabilise peace in Assam.

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